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Stories for October 25, 2013

'Evil Dead The Musical' Reanimates For Halloween

Oct. 25
Evening Edition
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The dead don’t always like to stay dead, which is why “Evil Dead The Musical” has reanimated itself for the Terror on Tenth program at the Tenth Avenue Theater downtown through November 2.

Political Groups To Pay $1 Million For Election Rules Violation

Oct. 25
Max Pringle/Capital Public Radio News
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Two Arizona-based non-profits must pay California’s largest-ever election rules violation penalty. The Fair Political Practices Commission accused them of failing to reveal the donors of an $11 million contribution last year.

California Begins Sending Inmates To Private Prisons To Reduce Overcrowding

Oct. 25
Katie Orr / Capital Public Radio
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California is beginning to transfer inmates to private prisons across the state. The transfers are part of California's court-mandated plan to reduce overcrowding in state-run prisons.

Widening Of Interstate 5 Could Begin In 2015

Oct. 25
By Alison St John
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Motorists heading north on Interstate 5 should see construction begin on two new lanes by 2015 as part of a $6 billion plan.

For Obamacare To Work, It's Not Just About The Numbers

Oct. 25
John Ydstie / NPR
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Relatively few people have enrolled in new health insurance plans since the Affordable Care Act exchanges launched this month. But some health care experts say it's early days yet -- and that getting the right proportion of healthy, young new enrollees is just as important as how quickly people sign up.

Faulconer Endorsed By Military Veterans Group In San Diego Mayor's Race

Oct. 25
By City News Service
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A group of more than a dozen military veterans endorsed City Councilman Kevin Faulconer on Friday in the race to become San Diego's next mayor.

San Diego County Gasoline Price Drops To Lowest Amount Since Late-January

Oct. 25
By City News Service

The average price has decreased for 35 of the past 37 days and is 3.1 cents less than one week ago.

Rim Fire Now 100 Percent Contained

Oct. 25
Associated Press
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A fire that raged in forest land in and around Yosemite National Park and grew to become one of the largest wildfires in California history is now 100 percent contained.

A School's iPad Initiative Brings Optimism And Skepticism

Oct. 25
Eric Westervelt / NPR
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A growing number of school districts across America are trying to weave tablet computers, like the iPad, into the classroom fabric, especially as a tool to help implement the new Common Core state standards for math and reading.

Preview: San Diego Italian Film Festival

Oct. 25
By Rebecca Romani
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It's the Year of Italy, and the San Diego Italian Film Festival has an intriguing lineup.

'Ready For Hillary' SuperPAC Gains Backing From Soros

Oct. 25
Adam Wollner / NPR
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It may not officially have a candidate to back quite yet, but for months Ready for Hillary has been revving up for 2016. Now, the superPAC has earned the support of a prominent Democratic donor.

Roundtable: Obamacare Lurches Forward; Alarm Over Fire Alarms; Age Discrimination At NCTD

Oct. 25
By Pat Finn, Mark Sauer
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The launch of Obamacare was pretty rough, but is it smooth sailing for Covered California? Broken fire alarms at Sweetwater USD have set off alarms. The CEO of North County Transit District is sued for firing older women to replace them with younger ones.

Speedy Security Screening Option Arrives At San Diego Airport

Oct. 25
City News Service
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An expedited Transportation Security Administration screening program is scheduled to become available to passengers at Lindbergh Field Friday.

Environmetal Group Endorses Fletcher For Mayor, Some Question Endorsement Process

Oct. 25
By Amita Sharma
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San Diego mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher may be getting smacked by his rivals for changing his political stripes twice in 14 months, but his evolution is winning him points with environmentalists.

Will Troops Ever Get Pizza As An MRE? (Video)

Oct. 25
By Beth Ford Roth
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The dreaded MRE (Meal, Ready to Eat) has been dubbed everything from "Meals Rejected by Everyone," and "Meals, Rarely Edible," to the more vulgar "Meal Ready to Expel." But there soon may be a reason to celebrate where MREs are concerned. Pizza may finally become an MRE dining option for the U.S. military.

San Francisco Kitchen Lends Low-Income Food Entrepreneurs A Hand

Oct. 25
Amy Guttman / NPR
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San Francisco's Mission District is a cultural crossroads for food, where Mexican bodegas and burrito shops meet gourmet bakeries and cutting-edge California cuisine. It's also home to a kitchen where some of the most promising food startups in the region are getting a boost.

Why Hiking The Age For Medicare Eligibility Wouldn't Save Much

Oct. 25
Scott Hensley / NPR

Americans are living and working longer than ever. And Medicare, the health plan that's supposed to help senior citizens, is facing budget problems sooner rather than later.

Unsealed Documents Shine Light On JonBenet Murder Case

Oct. 25
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Nearly 17 years after the still-unsolved murder of 6-year-old pageant star JonBenet Ramsey in Boulder, Colo., documents produced by a 1999 grand jury have finally been unsealed.

10 Years Later, San Diegans Remember Cedar Fire

Oct. 25
By Susan Murphy
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Ten years ago, thousands fleeing neighborhoods across San Diego County as the wind-whipped Cedar Fire unleashed waves of flames that killed 15 people.

Nigerian Rebels Reportedly Contact Pirates Who Seized U.S. Crew

Oct. 25
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Rebels in Nigeria are reportedly in contact with pirates holding two U.S. crewmen seized earlier this week from the offshore supply vessel C-Retriever, The Associated Press reports.

HealthCare.gov Contractor's Other Client: The City Of San Diego

Oct. 25
By Megan Burks
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One of the government contractors responsible for the botched health care site is also responsible for information technology at the city.

El Cajon Mayor Announces Resignation Amid Accusations Of Racist Comments

Oct. 25
By KPBS and City News Service
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Longtime El Cajon Mayor Mark Lewis has resigned amid accusations that he made prejudicial comments about the East County city's large Chaldean community.

Norway Says It Can't Destroy Syria's Chemical Weapons

Oct. 25
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Norway has turned down a U.S. request to take on the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, saying it lacks the capabilities to carry out the task.

European Leaders: Trust Is At Stake Over Alleged U.S. Spying

Oct. 25
Scott Neuman / NPR
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European leaders released a statement on Friday saying they were concerned about alleged U.S. spying on them and expressing concern that the practice could damage relations with Washington.

A Diagram Of HealthCare.gov, Based On The People Who Built It

Oct. 25
Elise Hu / NPR
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One of the major issues that's emerged since the failed rollout of HealthCare.gov is that there was no lead contractor on the project. (CGI Federal was the biggest contractor -- awarded the most expensive contract -- but says it did not have oversight over the other parts of the system.) Instead, the quarterbacking was left to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a subagency of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Newtown Residents Demolish A School, And Violent Memories

Oct. 25
Patrick Skahill / NPR
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Demolition has begun at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a gunman killed 20 students and six adults last December. Bricks will be pulverized, steel melted down and a new school built at the same location.

How To Solve A Sky-High Commuting Conundrum

Oct. 25
Jane Greenhalgh / NPR
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Imagine a hospital on top of a mountain. How would doctors and patients get in and out? In Portland, Ore., commuters don't have to drive up a twisty, two-lane road to get there. Instead, they glide up 500 feet in the air in a gleaming silver gondola.

A Family Bible And Other Heirlooms, Found Online

Oct. 25
Greg Collard / NPR
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At the recent International Collectibles and Antiques Show in Charlotte, N.C., dealers spread out items in different booths. The warehouse looks like an old-school flea market, except for Joy Shivar's booth.

Clinics Close As Texas Abortion Fight Continues

Oct. 25
Kathy Lohr / NPR
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The fight over abortion in Texas is being played out in federal court, where abortion rights activists are challenging a new state law.